When you really don’t want to do something it’s so easy to come up with excuses not to do it. My daughter, Briana, has been wanting the whole family to go roller skating for a very long. It’s been so long that I actually got her a Groupon coupon back during Christmas. There were always excuses until we finally went a couple of days ago.
As some might know, my IT Band (hip) has been acting up from running. When Cairo and I went running on Monday night within seconds of running it flared up again. It was like my hip was being stabbed with a knife for each step I took.
Of course, when we got back home from running, Briana reminds us that tomorrow is our scheduled roller skating night. She is so excited as she has been wanting to go forever.
Internally I really didn’t want to go, but God gave me the strength and I believe relieved some of the pain to allow me to go. I wanted to make excuses to not go, but I was urged to go because I knew that it would make Briana happy.
You can tell by the picture that she had a great time. She had that same beautiful smile on her face throughout the whole time that we roller skated. I’m glad that I didn’t give into an excuse and went. The time blessed her and blessed the whole family.
I’m not saying this to lift me up for doing this, but want to urge parents to push through their pain, their angst, their discomfort to do things with their children that they just don’t want to do, don’t feel that they can do, or are just too tired or lazy to do. Seems a bit harsh to say, but as I’m losing the amount of time with my teenage children, I’m realizing that I need to spend as much time with them as possible.
Eliminate the excuses even if it hurts!